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Where Displays Matter

There are some questions that I tend to ask the Echo that could be answered without me needing to ask — if there were a display:

  • What’s the time?
  • What’s the weather?
  • How long is the commute to work?
  • What’s next on my calendar?
  • How many days until [big event]?

If someone had an afternoon and some technical know-how, they could build such a display using a raspberryPi, low cost monitor, and a service like yodeck.

If a display is to be used in the home, some features that could be useful are:

  • Blue light filter for night
  • Automatic dimming at night
  • Confirmation of wake up

The Echo Show is due to ship later this month, so it’ll be interesting to see if the information that is available at a glance will be customizable.

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